At £7 per poem, the Arvon International Poetry Competition exceeds what I am prepared to pay, even though they have online entry and the prizes are pretty good. If I were good enough to stand a chance, I'd maybe give it a go but it attracts some serious big hitters, so I'll keep my €10 or however much it is, thank you.
Browsing the side, though I came across this interesting competition - no prizes, free entry and a good exercise when sitting around in queues-
Ernest Hemingway said that his best piece of writing was a six word story - 'For sale: baby shoes. Never worn.' More recently, Dave Eggers wrote: 'Fifteen years since last professional haircut.'
Arvon's theme for 2010 is the six word story and we want you to contribute. Throughout the year we will be collecting six word stories on our website. Send your six word story to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or if you're on Twitter you can tweet your story to @arvonfoundation.
The closing date for entries is 1 September 2010. We'll showcase as many stories as we can right here on our website and the winning stories will be chosen by poet Karen McCarthy. The winners will receive a prize of an Arvon week.
And here's a selection of recent competition entries
Top stair. One push. Game over.
"Murdered?" "Not intentionally." "Manslaughter then!" "Whatever!"
Over burnt lasagna, he confessed adultery
Essex girl says, "Want a coffee?"
Tonight only. Moonlit lay-by. Tomorrow lonely.
Open verdict in banana death mystery.
On her pogo-stick, Hope sprang eternally.
Rapacity was sexy. Compassion was not.
Lost the word for....? Can't remember.
Cutting Room. Editing Suite. Snake Pit.
Ate apple. Looked back the once.
Fiona. Friends. Farida. Facebook. Fight. Fallout.
Trophy wife gifted self to rival.
New flame. Maniac. Raw flesh burn.
Could've. Should've. Would've. Didn't. Didn't. Didn't.
I drowned. Angels arrived in submarines.
Thank you to all our contributors. Now send your story to email@example.com